Dentofacial Orthopedics is a special distinction earned by orthodontists who have completed a two to three year orthodontic residency program and passed rigid state specialty examinations. After accreditation, a specialist’s entire practice is centered on orthodontic and dentofacial orthopedic therapies. Dentofacial orthopedics focuses on the jaw relationships and facial development. It is the process of regulating the growth of the face and jaws and correcting imbalances that are present. The process often begins as early as age seven to take advantage of a child’s growth potential. It’s also commonly used to treat adults not withstanding growth limitations. Our practice has been in the forefront of Dentofacial Orthopedics for the last 35 years.
Dentofacial Orthopedics for ChildrenA child’s development can be adjusted to optimize the jaw relationships, bite and facial appearance. For this reason, children are the best candidates for dentofacial orthopedic therapy. We will monitor your child’s growth to determine the best time to begin Phase-One dentofacial orthopedic correction. Later, Phase-Two orthodontics will usually be needed to straighten misaligned teeth.
Dentofacial Orthopedics for AdultsFor correction of adult facial and jaw imbalances, we rely on orthopedic appliances to induce remodeling of the jaws. Surgery provides an alternative to appliance wear. You can still obtain the attractive facial pattern and beautiful smile you’ve wanted.
To find out if dentofacial orthopedics is right for you or your child, call us and schedule an orthodontic consultation.